Friday, 7 September 2018

September - Week 1

Welcome Back Owen Families!

We've had a great start to our school year with lots of excitement and anticipation! For those of you who are new to Owen, welcome and we look forward to getting to know your family this year. 

We are encouraging all parents to sign up to receive school communication here: 

Our school website can be found here: with links to our school calendar, classroom websites and much more information about our school.

OSAC Meeting
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.

Please join us for our first Parent Council meeting. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come. Learn about how to become involved in the school. Babysitting is provided for school aged children.

Curriculum Night 
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 6:15pm

Join us on Wednesday, September 26 at 6:15pm to meet your child's teacher and learn about the upcoming school year. Two presentations will occur, beginning at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Please note that this is not a parent/teacher conference, but an opportunity to learn about the curriculum being taught this year and meet your child's teacher. 

Cross Country
Cross Country begins Monday, Sept 10 and is open to students in Grades 2, 3, 4 and 5!
Practices are every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8am.
Grades 2 and 3 will run on the Primary Yard/City Park.
Grades 4 and 5 will run on the Junior Yard.

There are 10 practices before our big event at Earl Bales Park, on Oct 3.
Students are required to attend 7 of the 10 practice to be on the team AND students must be on time!
(Religious Holidays and regular absences will not be considered a missed practice)

For more information, please check the bulletin board outside the gym or email Ms. Kuzic

Skate Drive
Need to replace your skates or helmets for the next season?  If so, why not donate your gently used skates and helmets to help others learn to skate.

Grenoble Public School has a vibrant skating program for it's students. Over many, many years, used skates and helmets were donated and many applications for grant money were completed. The result is a vibrant program where students go skating at the Angela James Arena. For many, it is their first time on the ice. These skates and helmets are lent out to community families over the weekend as well, so that they can continue to participate in the free skate time at the arena with their children. It is such an incredible initiative. 

Let's get Owen involved to help Grenoble replenish some of the skates and helmets that are now beyond their expiry date.  Please bring any used skates and helmets to school and we will collect them in the office for a delivery to Grenoble PS.

Hot Lunch Program
Kids Kitchen will be providing lunches this year. To order lunches click here:

Calling all Parent Volunteers!
There are many ways to get involved at Owen. For more information, check out the school website:

Pizza Lunch
As part of our school fundraising initiatives, the Owen School Advisory Council is once again organizing pizza lunches for students. Full-day Kindergarten students are also able to participate. Please visit the school cash website to order Pizza Lunch today.

Volunteers are needed on each pizza lunch day from 11:15am to 12:00pm. Please consider signing up for a classroom to help serve pizza to the students at Owen. We couldn’t do it without all our amazing parent volunteers.

Don't forget to check our school calendar for our pizza dates.

Lunch Milk Program 
Did you know that your student can get milk at lunch? The milk program is going to start on Tuesday, September 18th. You can purchase tickets for milk at The tickets will be available for sale on a monthly basis.  
  • September tickets - on sale now - Sept 13, delivered Sept 17th 
  • October tickets - on sale Sept 28 - Oct 4, delivered Oct 8th 
  • November tickets – on sale Oct 26 – Nov 1, delivered Nov 5th 
  • December tickets – on sale Nov 23 – 29, delivered Dec 3rd 
Would you consider helping with the milk program? We need two more adult volunteers to share the supervisory duties. We are looking for adults to fill the following spots:  
  • alternating Tuesdays 11:20-12:00 or 
  • alternating Thursdays 11:20-12:00 
If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to  and please include your child's name, grade and teacher.  
Thank you,  

The milk team 

Bus Information
As many of you know, busing has been a challenge this week. We continue to work with our Transportation Department to ensure that your child gets home and to school safely. In the case of cancellations, please we aware the school staff will continue to supervise students at school until they can be picked up. Thank you for your understanding.

Empty seat applications will be accepted by the Transportation Dept. on Sept. 30 for those students in Grade 5 who are interested in riding the bus to and from school.

Remind App for Bus
We will continue to use the Remind App to keep parents informed of any delays or busing issues. Please join our list by going to or you can text @buscont to (647) 496-4359

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School Trustee Meeting Notice - September 17, 2018

What is the Effect of New Developments on Student Accommodation?


Monday, September 17, 2018

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Marc Garneau CI (135 Overlea Blvd)

Toronto is the fourth largest city in North America and continues to grow. Transportation improvements and infill construction have resulted in concerns over space in our schools - particularly in our neighbourhood.
I am hosting an information session led by Toronto District School Board Planners and Demographers to inform our community of the pressure points of school accommodation throughout our neighbourhoods. This session will deal with areas such as Don Mills and Eglinton, Eglinton in the Leaside area, Yonge and Eglinton, Leslie and York Mills, and infill construction on and near Bayview, Don Mills, and Wynford/Concorde
This meeting will be of interest to parents, community members and ratepayers. All are welcome. Please pass this information on to anyone who may be interested.
For more information please contact me at